Okay so I just finished a re-read of aCoK and I noticed a lot of stuff I hadn't before. Apologies if this has been discussed previously but I couldn't find it. In the last chapter in Bran's POV, Bran is having a wolf dream while down in the Crypts with Hodor, Osha, Rickon, et al. while the direwolves are walking around the ruins of Winterfell and there is the following passage:
"The ashes fell like a soft gray snow. He padded over dry needles and brown leaves to the edge of the wood where the pines grew thin. Beyond the open fields he could see the great piles of man-rock stark against the swirling flames. The wind blew hot and rich with the smell of blood and burnt meat, so strong he began to slaver. Yet as one smell drew them onward, others warned them back. He sniffed at the drifting smoke. Men, many men, many horses, and fire, fire, fire. (emphasis in the original). No smell was more dangerous, not even the hard cold smell of iron, the stuff of man claws and hardskin. The smoke and ash clouded his eyes, and in the sky he saw a great winged snake whose roar was a river of flame. He bared his teeth, but the snake was gone." (emphasis supplied).
Now granted this could be inane wolf mind chatter, it does say that smoke and ash clouded his eyes, but a great winged snake whose roar was a river of flame sounds like a pretty good description of a dragon and we know that dragon's are drawn to blood and death. Anyway, I totally had not noticed this before, anybody got any thoughts?